If Tan Cheng Bock and His Team “Change” PAP, Will Singapore Be Better?

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

If Tan Cheng Bock and His Team “Change” PAP, Will Singapore Be Better?

During the press conference ahead of the launch of his Progress Singapore Party, Tan Cheng Bock (TCB) promised that he would ask the PAP “tough questions”.

While going through his words, many questions went through my mind.

Please allow me to share some of the questions.

1. The Lee family saga was as much a family affair as it was a national issue.

During the heat of the Lee family saga, there were accusations of abuse of power, and accusations of corruption from some quarters of society.

Shouldn’t these serious accusations about the Prime Minister of Singapore be handled at the highest possible office and be cleared publicly and transparently?


2. Temasek was started in 1974, and Ho Ching was appointed as a director in 2002 and promoted to be the CEO on 1 January 2004.

Lee Hsien Loong succeeded Goh Chok Tong as Prime Minister on 12 August 2004, and relinquished his chairmanship of the Monetary Authority of Singapore to Goh Chok Tong.

TCB was an MP from 23 December 1980 to 6 May 2006.

Did TCB question Ho Ching’s appointment, role and responsibilities when he was in Parliament?

Did he pursue to clear this matter all these years if it was that important to him?

3. Temasek Holdings Private Limited (Temasek) was registered as an investment company with its own board, comprising of prominent and credible directors and a well-regarded system of corporate governance.

Temasek is subject to regulatory, including auditing requirements in accordance with the laws of the country.

If members of the public are entitled to know about Temasek’s operation, will it not open a floodgate of queries and invite a flux of influence and intrusion and thus, affect Temasek’s smooth running and results?

Temasek has credit ratings of “AAA/Aaa” by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service respectively since their inaugural ratings in 2004 – a rare feat for an investment company.

Temasek has also attained perfect quarterly scores on the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index, a measure of the openness of government-owned investment funds.

By any benchmarking studies, Temasek has also consistently performed well. It is also considered as a model to the world.


Why didn’t TCB raise his concerns about Temasek when he was an MP?

And raise these concerns all these years if they were so important to him?

4. Judgment of the High Court confirmed that TCB was disqualified stand for the Presidential election

He appealed on 31 July 2017, but five judges unanimously dismissed his appeal on 23 August 2017, and uphold the decision of the High Court.

The Parliament has full discretion to set President Wee Kim Wee’s term of office as the First Term.

Was TCB unhappy that he could never be a President of Singapore?

Did his unhappiness drive him to join the opposition camp?


Is TCB so noble and selfless to stand for election to change the PAP, and has he and his team developed concrete plans during this short period of time to change the PAP for Singapore and Singaporeans?

5. Everybody can ask questions or source for questions.

As they say, giving perfunctory advice is cheap.

TCB has accused the leaders of not being transparent.

As someone who is aspiring to be a Member of Parliament, why has he not walked his talk, and be transparent about his policies and roadmap to change the PAP and improve Singapore?

Has he and his team developed concrete plans during this short period of time to help Singaporeans enjoy a better quality of life?

As TCB has never served on ministerial level, what has he done to prepare himself to respond to these questions and more importantly, to help govern Singapore?

Or, has he chosen to be transparent about not being transparent?

6. Are TCB’s criticisms directed at the 3G leadership, or the 4G leadership?

How deeply does he know about the 4G leadership?

7. What are his plans to leverage the fourth industrial revolution, one of the biggest megashifts in the new economy?


How’s he going to respond to advanced technology that’s going to disrupt many jobs, careers, and businesses and other organizations?


8. If the Parliament has one-third of opposition MPs, will Singapore and its government become better?

If the PAP is no longer the ruling party, will Singapore and Singaporeans have a brighter future?



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